The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) board approved a comprehensive Moving Beyond Sustainability Plan for the region.
Moving Beyond Sustainability (MBS) outlines a comprehensive sustainability strategy for the next decade to make Metro facilities greener, reduce air pollution and trash from construction and reduce smog and greenhouse gases across L.A. County.
MBS builds on more than a decade of forward-thinking Metro sustainability policies dating back to 2008. Among the plan’s specific goals are the transition from CNG buses to a 100% electric bus fleet by 2030. The transition has already begun with the deployment of the agency’s first electric bus on the G Line (Orange) and conversion of the J Line (Sliver) planned for 2021. Additionally, the plan calls for tripling Metro’s on-site renewable energy generation by 2030, reducing total greenhouse gas emissions by 79% and reducing total nitrogen oxides emissions by 54%.
Metro’s day-to-day operations inherently advance sustainability by taking cars off the road and getting people onto transit. The Metro system accelerates environmental benefits in the region by reducing far more greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions than we generate by providing alternatives to driving alone.
"Metro is leading a bold movement to reimagine L.A. County: one that expands mobility, increases access to opportunities and increases environmental stewardship," said Metro CEO Phillip A. Washington. "We are thoughtfully and strategically moving forward to combat climate change and reduce L.A. County’s carbon footprint. In addition to our role in reducing single-occupancy vehicle emissions, we are on track to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 79 percent from 2017 levels through fleet electrification and system retrofits by 2030."
MBS is Metro’s most comprehensive sustainability planning document to date and is designed to align with and support parallel efforts and plans underway at L.A. County and the city of Los Angeles, including the city’s Green New Deal and Our County. Actions taken by Metro will be reviewed annually to determine what, if any, new actions are needed.
The complete MBS Plan is available here.
Originally posted on Metro Magazine